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Recognizing the Signs of Caregiver Overload

When you’re caring for a loved one, it’s easy to lose sight of your own needs. As a caregiver, you’re the “healthy one,” which can lead you—and those around you—to take your health for granted. But caregiver overload is a serious concern, with very real repercussions. It’s important to recognize the signs and take the steps you need to stay healthy. Be on the lookout for the following red flags, which can clue you into the fact that it may be time to slow down or ask for some help. Isolation We all have days when we’re too tired to…

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9 Heart Healthy Foods for Older Adults

While opportunities abound during senior years, so do health concerns. Chief among those for many people are concerns related to cardiac health. Read on to learn about some nutrients and foods that will help keep your ticker in tip-top shape. If it seems daunting to keep up with dietary guidelines for heart health, remember that one of the many benefits provided in a senior living community is the preparation of meals crafted with residents’ health in mind. Foods Rich in Potassium Foods to Eat: Bananas, Prunes, Potatoes with Skin If you look at what’s included in just about any multivitamin,…

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4 Ways to Avoid Burnout When Caring for a Parent

You’ve assumed the role of primary caregiver for your senior parent. Over time, you’ve come to realize that life as a caregiver is a full-time job with as many rewards as responsibilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: • More than 34 million unpaid caregivers provide care to someone age 18 and older who is ill or has a disability. • Caregivers report having difficulty finding time for one’s self (35 percent), managing emotional and physical stress (29 percent), and balancing work and family responsibilities (29  percent). • Caregivers said they do not go to the doctor because…

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5 Ways to Support Your Senior Parent in Their Move

“Home is where the heart is” rings true for many of us. However, we can still become attached to physical places and spaces that hold memories and other sentimental items and feelings. This can make the process of moving from one home to a new one a big undertaking, especially if your senior parent has lived in the same house for years or even decades. Not to mention, it often takes time for parents to adjust to the idea of moving. If your senior parent is preparing to make the move to a senior care facility, there are several proven tips to make the process…

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Recognizing the Signs of Hearing Loss

Many children of senior parents wonder how to speak to someone who is experiencing hearing loss. Nearly one quarter of people aged 65 to 74 suffer from disabling hearing loss; those figures jump to 50% in people over age 75, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Although age-related hearing loss is common, it can leave you feeling at a loss for how to communicate with your loved one. Both of you may need to learn a new style of speaking to keep communicating effectively.

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How to Help Your Parents Find the Right Senior Community

Finding the right senior community for your parent is a major responsibility that requires considerable effort and time. Added to the challenge of identifying the ideal community is the combination of emotions and concerns related to the search. Thanks to an ever-increasing number of options, the search for the right residence is not as insurmountable as it may appear to be. To help you with this crucial task, here are seven important questions to ask when vetting senior communities. 1. What are your parent’s needs? Before approaching a community, you and your parent should determine which living options and level…

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Preventing Falls at Home

As a senior over the age of 65, a fall can mean serious injury, which sometimes lasts for the rest of the individual’s life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falling can cause head injury and hip fractures that prevent normal mobility, and can even lead to early death. In 2013, 734,000 seniors were hospitalized due to falls, which are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among the elderly. Considering this, it is crucial to minimize the chances of falls occurring. Even if it does happen, it is possible to lessen the severity of resulting…

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Music is Brain Food

Children who have taken music lessons enjoy a “profound” and lasting impact to the brain according to neuropsychologist Brenda Hanna­-Pladdy of Emory University in Atlanta. Pladdy continued her thought by explaining that children who have musical training created additional neural connections during childhood that can “last a lifetime and help compensate for cognitive declines later on in life.” Music is Brain Food More than 15 years ago, Harvard neurologist Gottfried Schlaug reported that the brains of adult professional musicians had more gray matter in their brains than those of non-musicians. Alison Balbag, a professional harpist who began musical training at the age…

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Physical Fitness Tips for Seniors

Need proof that physical fitness has no age limit? Consider the story of Harriette Thompson, a Southerner who’s conquered a slew of marathons. The tenacious nonagenerian set a record in 2014 at the Rock ’n’ Roll San Diego marathon She was the fastest competitor in the 90-94 age group. Of course, there are plenty of seniors who aren’t able to pound the pavement for 26.2 miles. However, millions of older adults can engage in some level of physical activity. And those who do exercise reap a multitude of rewards.

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